Tirinzoni tops Einarson to claim GSOC Boost National women’s championship

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Silvana Tirinzoni captured her third career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title after her Swiss squad defeated Kerri Einarson’s Canadian club 7-3 during the Boost National women’s final Sunday at Memorial Gardens.

The team of Tirinzoni, fourth Alina Pätz, second Carole Howald and lead Briar Schwaller-Hürlimann ran the table — finishing undefeated at 7-0 — and collected $35,000 from the $300,000 event prize purse plus 12 Pinty’s Cup points.

Although it’s the third for Tirinzoni and second with Pätz, it’s the back-end’s first with Howald and Schwaller-Hürlimann, who both just joined the team full-time this season.

The Gimli, Man., team of Einarson, third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Harris banked $20,000 and nine Pinty’s Cup points.

Tirinzoni opened with the hammer based on her superior record and capitalized to covert for a deuce in the first. Einarson misfired a hit attempt and just ticked Tirinzoni’s lone rock in the house allowing Pätz to draw for two. Although it looked a little light, Tirinzoni jumped up to help sweepers Howald and Schwaller-Hürlimann to drag it into the rings.

Einarson recovered in the second and was able to divide the house following a Tirinzoni miss to set the table for an open hit to get the equalizing two-score.

Pätz, who was a sharpshooter with a team-leading 96 per cent, drew for two again in the third end although this time she had to hit the paint in the four-foot circle to make it 4-2.

The teams went back and forth again, this time trading singles, as Tirinzoni re-established the two-point gap and then stole one to lead 6-3 after six ends.

Einarson, who shot 63 per cent, shook hands after the seventh end when her double attempt for a blank connected and took out one counter but was unable to eliminate the other.

Canada’s Team Gushue goes up against Sweden’s Team Edin in the Boost National men’s final at 3 p.m. ET on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW (Canada) and Yare (international).

NOTES: The Boost National is the first of six events on the 2022-23 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tour. The next stop is the HearingLife Tour Challenge, Oct. 18-23, at the Coca-Cola Centre in Grande Prairie, Alta. … The Pinty’s Cup is awarded to the men’s and women’s season champions in the series following the conclusion of the Princess Auto Players’ Championship in April with a $75,000 bonus for the winners.

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